HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) - Archarcharch stormed home to win the $1
million Arkansas Derby at 25-1 on Saturday.
The colt, owned by Arkansas native Bob Yagos and trained by
fellow Arkansan Jinks Fires, trailed with a second group for much
of the race before charging hard the final 1/8 mile of the 1
1/8-mile race. He overpowered Dance City and Sway Away on the home
stretch and held off a late charge by Nehro to earn the win.
The Grade 1 win is the first for Fires, who along with Yagos,
will now make his first Kentucky Derby appearance on May 7.
Ridden by Jon Court, Archarcharch paid $52.40, $16.80 and $8.20.
Nehro paid $9 and $5.60 for finishing second, and Dance City paid
$14.20 in third.
Heavy pre-race favorite The Factor finished seventh.